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Fly.Union Don’t Live Up To Expectations On ‘Small Victories’

Soulful sonic waves and intoxicating drums flourish throughout Fly.Union's sophomore effort, Small Victories. Consisting of rappers/producers Iyeball, Jayswifa and MC Jerreau, the Columbus, OH natives continue their odyssey in becoming hip-hop's unstoppable trio...

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Trey Songz Shows Veteran Status In R&B On ‘Trigga’

Over the course of his career, Trey Songz has pulled from R. Kelly's vibrant blueprint dedicating his vocals content that quickly grabs the attention of most people between 19-35; women, sex, club antics and straight flexin'...

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Cam’ron Offers More Of The Same On ‘First Of The Month Vol. 1′ EP

It’s the first week of July, 2014, and Harlemites should be rejoicing. Last Tuesday, Congressman Charlie Rangel won a fierce race in the final election of a forty-plus year career representing the historic neighborhood in a most charismatic fashion...

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Gucci Mane Provides A Platform For Rising Stars With ‘World War 3D’

Which city is most important to hip-hop in 2014? While Chicago and Los Angeles certainly have to be in the conversation, another obvious choice is Atlanta, based purely off the amount of stars coming out of the A right now...

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Riff Raff Showcases His Musical Palette With ‘Neon Icon’

It’s fitting that Riff Raff opens his debut album, Neon Icon, in the character of a Spring Breakers-sounding bro. “The Neon Icon album, it finally came out today bro...

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Ab-Soul Crafts A Lyrical Masterpiece On ‘These Days…’

Barbershop deliberation has broadened its conversational arc in recent years, temporarily laying rest to the Kobe-or-LeBron debates and the mysterious absence of Tim Duncan in exchange for who’s the best MC in TDE...

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G-Eazy Pushes Genre Barriers On ‘These Things Happen’

On G-Eazy’s “Almost Famous,” the 25-year-old Bay Area MC raps, “So if you don’t fuck with me I’m OK with that.” What might at first seem like just another line reads as more of a mantra after listening to These Things Happen, which may inspire admiration in some of the newer segments of hip-hop’s ever growing audience and indifference or even distaste in the more traditional areas of the genre’s fan base...

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Alex Wiley Displays Chicago’s Diversity On ‘Village Party’ Mixtape

Alex Wiley is an emerging diamond in the Chicago rough. The rising lyricist releases his highly anticipated second project, Village Party, which followed his previous debut Club Wiley...

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K Camp Lacks Direction On ‘SlumLords’ Mixtape

This isn’t K Camp’s first time on the verge of blowing up. Back in 2009, the Atlanta MC scored a local smash with the Roscoe Dash-leaning “All Night,” after performing at open mics with Waka Flocka Flame and Travis Porter...

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¡Mayday! And Murs Craft A Ripe Summer Album With ‘¡MURSDAY!’

When Murs signed with Strange Music earlier this year, it raised more than a few eyebrows. How would this West Coast MC with a famously relaxed and buoyant flow, fit in with such an infamously dramatic crew...

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